Perrigo’s oral contraceptive, Opill, is now the first over-the-counter birth control pill in the United States. Opill has been around since the early 1970s and received approval from the FDA in a unanimous 17 to 0 vote back in May. Now, Opill will be available nonprescription to patients of all ages. This change has substantial support from multiple medical associations. It could significantly improve access to contraception, as about 45% of the 6 million pregnancies in the U.S. each year are unintentional, and almost a third of U.S. adult women have had difficulty getting a prescription or refill for contraceptive methods. Perrigo aims to make Opill available online and in stores in early 2024.
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What We’re Reading to Learn More:
- FDA approves first over-the-counter birth control pill in US, Reuters
- Perrigo Announces U.S. FDA Approval for Opill OTC Daily Oral Contraceptive, PR Newswire
- US regulators approve first over-the-counter contraceptive pill, The Guardian
[Source: Fierce Pharma, July 13th, 2023]